Flight Plan

Don't give up!This week, I have the chance to speak at a commencement. Typically, I enjoy driving to my destination, but this time I decided to fly. I absolutely love flying, but there are three moments on the plane that I absolutely dread—the take off, landing and turbulence. If I had to choose which one I hate most, it would have to be all three; I just can’t decide. So, from Virginia to New York and New York to Pennsylvania, the flight was smooth sailing. It wasn’t until the last fifteen minutes that we hit turbulence.

While it was shaky and bumpy, I looked around to see the other passenger’s expressions and, from the looks of it, some were terrified. Naturally, for me, I felt a little anxiety, but I got myself together. I sat back, closed my eyes and told myself, “You will not allow fear to overtake you, you are on a mission; you have purpose!” At that moment, I became overwhelmed with peace. When I look back on the flight, there was an interesting moment that caused me to parallel life with my destiny.

Here I am, about to land, but right at the last second everything starts to get shaky. There was absolutely no turbulence the entire trip, but as soon as I got closer to my God-given purpose, the shaking starts. The only thing that calmed me down was knowing that God ordained my footsteps; I couldn’t go out like that!

You too may be experiencing the same shaking and turbulence in your life. I would like to encourage you not to give up. Whenever you get closer to what God has for you, the heat will turn up. Don’t shrink back or give up, but recognize that you’re almost there. You will not go down! Be at peace to know that you are right on track.

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It WILL Happen

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A few days ago, my mom told me that I was in the newspaper back home. I had been asked to give the graduation speech, which I accepted, so they put my name in as the commencement speaker. Today, she took a picture and sent it to me; I was excited.

When I sat down to reflect this afternoon, I realized that over the past few months, I’ve been experiencing a trajectory in my career. Opportunities that were distant dreams were now staring me straight in my face. It seemed like forever ago, but last year, I didn’t think I would be in this position this year. I was pushing hard and writing when no one was reading, speaking when no one would hear me; I was putting in a lot of hard work that was going unnoticed. I didn’t feel up to it at times, and there were moments when I got frustrated, but in the end I kept going. Now, every blessing that I’m experiencing—TV & radio career, entrepreneurship and speaking—I can move forward with because I was prepared. Preparation is key.

For you, there will be moments when you feel like giving up because you don’t see anything. Each moment of disappointment, feeling of stagnation, desire to give up, it is on purpose and will prepare your for moments of greatness. Continue to perfect your gifts and talents when no one is watching because someone will eventually take notice and when they do, you’re going to soar. Your gift will open doors and give you access to prominent people. Keep the faith and stay focused!

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